Notes: The 2014 and 2015 Honda Odyssey shows an early trend of transmission problems with clunking/jerking when shifting gears.

Most of these Odyssey transmissions are still under warranty, but so far Toyota generally hasn't been able to diagnose or fix the clunking problem — that's the reason for our low rating. Some owners have reported it was a stuck solenoid, & in a few cases Honda has replaced the entire transmission.

As more of these Odysseys start exceeding the 60,000-mile powertrain warranty limit, buyer beware.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,693 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2015 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 162016


  • 12,176 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 32 mph and approaching a red light, the motor stopped and all the electrical functions seized. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was turned off, restarted, and returned to normal. The failure recurred once. The contact scheduled a repair appointment with the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,176.

- Fairview Park, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 052016


  • 9,500 miles
When I pulled up to a parking spot and took my foot off the gas peddle and placed it on the break the engine started to accelerate and engine RPM's climbed about 1000 RPM's. the car's transmission was still in drive (D). I had to force the transmission into park (P) and push the start/stop button to shut the engine off. This incident almost caused me to rear end a parked car.

- Martinsbury, WV, USA

problem #6

Jun 082016


  • 700 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the front of the vehicle around the engine compartment and wheels began to vibrate. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who stated that the vehicle functioned as intended. The vehicle was then taken to another dealer who acknowledged the vibration but was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 700. Updated 08/02/16

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #5

May 302016


  • 5,500 miles


Had my vehicle drove on freeway for an hour and when pulling on to a shopping center, there was a stop and go. At that point the engine/transmission starting jerking and shaking. There was sound from engine/tranmission like some metal crushing or breaking. Stopped the vehicle for a while and the issue didn't happen again. Dealer not able to replicate this issue and so no fix.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 062015


  • 10,000 miles
While accelerating after being stopped at a stop sign, the car made a clunking noise and the car jerked severely as we accelerated into gear. It happened at least 2 more times after being stopped at a couple of stop signs. It was very frightening when it happened and is a safety issue as the driver's attention is taken away when it happens. The scariest part is not knowing when it's going to happen. When there is a need to accelerate quickly across traffic, we are worried the same thing will happen again or that the car won't make it through the intersection. I don't feel safe driving this vehicle while the issue is outstanding. This is an unacceptable issue that having read other forums is happening to others with 2014 and 2015 Odyssey's and the dealerships are bot understanding the cause or fix for the issue due to it happening sporadically. This calls for action before it leads to someone being harmed. It's a major issue and pressure needs put on Honda to fix the issue!

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 162015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
When the eco button turns on, the transmission starts to make a rattling noise and it changes how the car drives. The steering wheel and foot petal start to shake or tremble. Also, the suspension on the car is extremely noisy and Honda has failed to fix it. Lastly and the most important issue this car has, is that the gasoline moves around in the car as you drive or park your car. You can hear the gasoline swooshing around on the bottom of the car at all times. I've taken the car several times to by local Honda dealership and they cannot fix anything. They state that everything is a "characteristic design" with the car. According to the Honda representative that rode in our car, they have had complaints regarding the transmission, suspension and gasoline issue.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 222015

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 3,365 miles
It was little cold night. I drove on freeway for 40minutes with kids without central heating. When we got home, I wake them up.I found my young daughter at back seat, she couldn't wake up unusually. She was sleeping, leaning toward rt. Side cup holder side at back seat. I saw her face was so red like first degree burn and her hair was all wet and her body was so sweating. It was unbelievable that the whole surface next to rt. Back seat was extremely hot!!! even though the van engine was stopped. I immediately tried to her cool down. My kids told me. "ever since we bought this van, when the van's engine was turning on, back seat rt. Side body was always hot." Next morning, I took the van to Honda service. But it could not fixed for 3days and no one called me for updating info. The van is still in the service. One of technician told me from the service, it has been problems for 4years. I called Honda customer service, but no answer. I am trying to ask them buy back program. It is extremely dangerous for family with young children. This is not first time problem for this new van. I already had several problems. 1. it was not starting engine several times on the 1st week of purchase. 2. brake was completely not moving more than one hour and not starting engine together on the 2nd week of purchase in the parking lot. 3. clicking and clucking noise at rear of lt. Side with rt. Turning with brake all the times. 4. the van's horn by itself making noise for 20minutes on freeway driving. The Honda service couldn't find the causes. They just removed van's security alarm. Honda service didn't allow me for a rental van. I am expecting Honda's immediate and appropriate customer care for buy back program. Until now, this brand new van went to 9times services for 3months without fixing, 11days in the service, our family are very having hard time for normal living life with kids.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122014


  • 2,300 miles
I was driving in traffic for an hour or so, in first or second gear. After a while, anytime we would accelerate to about 20 mph, we experienced a violent jerking as if we just ran over something. This happened consistently every time we accelerated to or decelerated to 20mph. Took it into Honda the next day and they couldn't find a problem. The jerking was very strong and consistent for about an hour or driving. We are still planning to call Honda, it seems like others have experienced the same issue but no root cause has been found.

- Bristow, VA, USA

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